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John Anthony Colby, Sr.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Monument at Golgotha Burial Ground, Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Anthony Thomas Colby and Susannah Whittridge
Husband of Frances Colby; Frances Colby and Mary Ash
Father of Sgt. John Colby, Jr.; Sarah Blaisdell; Elizabeth Weed; Frances Prichett; Anthony (twin) Colby and 4 others
Brother of Sarah Bagley; Thomas Colby; Samuel Colby; Isaac Colby; Rebecca Williams and 3 others

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About John Anthony Colby, Sr.

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John COLBY was christened/baptized on 8 SEP 1633 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. He died on 6 FEB 1673 at Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. He signed a will on 22 JAN 1673/74 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. He will was proved on 24 APR 1674 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. He has Ancestral File Number 9JP1-WC. He was baptized on 8 SEPT 1633 in First Church of Boston, Mass.

Parents: Anthony COLBY and Susannah.

Spouse: Frances HOYT. John COLBY and Frances HOYT were married on 14 JAN 1655 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. (SOURCE: Early Essex County Vital Records to 1850, Salisbury, Massachusetts. Listed as Colebey.) Children were: Sgt. John COLBY, Sarah COLBY, Elizabeth COLBY, Frances COLBY, Anthony COLBY (twin), Susannah COLBY (twin), Dea. Thomas COLBY, Mary COLBY, Hannah COLBY.

John Colby was a planter at Amesbury, where he was granted land in 1658, 1659, 1662, 1666 and 1668. He was granted thirty acres in 1658.

John entered a suit against the town of Salisbury, in the Old Norfolk Co. court, at Salisbury, claiming that he was a possessor of the estate of Mr. Samuel Groom in Salisbury, purchased by his father, Anthony Colby, decd.; and that he (John) was entitled to a townsman's rights on account of Groom. As John had been admitted a townsman 8 or 10 years before, the case was decided in favor of the town, Oct 1663.

John Colby's name heads a list of seventeen signatures on a petition presented to the Court at Hampton, in October, 1671, by "divers of the Inhabitants and souldiers of the towne & military company of Amsbery" that they may continue "under the Conduct of or loveing friend & neighbour John Hoyt, senr, our chosen and established sergeant & chief military officer here." (Weis, 1970; Hoyt, 1857)

"John Clough of Salisbury, house carpenter, for a 25-acre lot of upland, today conveyed to me by Isaac Colby of Haverhill, planter, conveyed to Jn Colby of Amsbery, planter, a 2-acre division of salt marsh in Salisbury at Mr. Hall's farm, formerly of Mr. Sam Groome, and I bought it of said Isaac Colby, bounded by Richard Singletary, (not in possession of said Cllough), Willi: Osgood and Tho: Hauxworth, Aug 29, 1671. Wit: Tho: Bradbury and William Bradbury, Ack. in court at Salisbury April 8, 1673. John Hoyt, jr., of Amsberie, planter, wife Mary, for 15 pounds, conveyed to Jn Easman of Salisbury, planter, 30 acres of upland in Amsbery, bounded by grantee (formerly John Colby), Robert Jones, a highway and a brook called ye back river yt runs into ye pond, --, 1669. Ack. in court at Salisbury April 8, 1673.

John Hoyt, jr. of Amsbery, house carpenter, conveyed to John Colby of Amsbery a 4-acre marsh lot in Salisbury bouth by Willi: Barnes of Mr. Samuell Hall then of Salisbury, and by him given to me, bounded by George Martyn, Sam Felloes, Jn Eaton, Jn Ilsley and Tho: Barnard, March 25, 1672. Wit: Jeremiah Hubbard and Tho: Barnard. Ack. March 25, 1672, before Samuell Dalton, commissioner. His wife, Mary Hoyt, released dower same day." "John Colby of Amsbery, planter, for 20 pounds, conveyed to John Easman of Salisbury, planter, my 30-acre lot of upland in Amsbery, bounded by John Hoyt, jr., Edmond Elliott, highway, and a brook called back river (yt leads to ye pond), May 11, 1669. Wife Frances Colby (her X mark) signed. Wit: tho: Bradbury and William Hooke. Ack. by grantor and his wife frances, who released dower, May 11, 1669, before Robert Pike, commissioner."

"Old Norfolk County Records, Vol. VII. 1903, pg. 89. "The Essex Antiquarian."

"Frances Colby (her + mark) of Amsbury, widow, executrix of her late husband John Colby of Amsbury, deceased, conveyed to Richard Dole of Nubery a 4-acre meadow or marsh lot in Salisbury, bought of Mr. Sam Hall then of Salisbury by William Barnes, who gave it to John Hoyt, jr., who sold it to the deceased, bounded by George Martyn, Sam Felloes, John Eaton, John Ilsly and Tho: Barnaard, april 15, 1674. Wit: Daniel Ela, steven Greenleafe and Nath Clarke. Ack. April 15, 1674, before Nath Saltonstall, commissioner."

Vol XII, 1908, pg. 84

"Will of John Colby of amsbery, dated Jan. 22, 1673-4. To my tow sons. To my wife Frances my dwelling house, land, orchard, etc. To my eldest son John Colby (minor), who is to remain with his mother, 1/2 of ye Grooms lot of meadow in ye higledee pigledes, in Salisbury, between ye lots of John Dickison and William Buswell. To my youngest son Thomas Colby (minor) my two lots of land in ye great plain, -- one lot bought of Edward Goue, and the other I had of my father Colby, -- and 1/2 of said Groom's lot.

To my eldest daughter Sarah Colby my little pasture lying by ye Pawwaus riverside, which I bought of my brother Sam Colby, and my now dwelling house, orchard, etc. To my daughters Elizabeth and Frances Coleby (under 20 years of age). To my daughters Mary and Hannah Coleby (under 23 years of age and unmarried). My wife, executrix, Overseers, my trusty friends my brother Sam Colby of Haverhill and Thomas Barnard, jr., of amesbury. Part of his father Colby's estate, after the decease of his mother, Susannah Whitredg. Wit: John Hoyt, sr., (his H mark) and Thomas Wells.

Inventory of estate of Joh Colby of amsbury, deceased, 6: 12 mo: 1674-4, appraised by William Barnes (his > mark) and Tho: Barnard, sr., of amsbury 2: 1 mo: 1673-4. Amount £234, 4 s. (real 170 pounds; personal 64 pounds, 4 s.). House, land, etc., by Pawwaus river, land at Bugmore, in ye great plain, in ye Lyon's mouth, Groom's lot, meadow in ye lower highlede piglede, bible, arms, spinning wheels, etc. Sworn to by Frances Colby, executrix."

Vol. XII 1908, pg. 84-85

"William Sargent, jr., of amsberrie, planter, conveyed to Jn Hoyt, jr., of Amsberrie, house carpenter, 5 acres of land in aplace called the plain falls, bounded by a highway. John Colby, John Coleby and widow Rowell: also, 8 acres of upland in ye ox pasture, bounded by Tho: Barnard, sr., a highway, ye great swamp and Jarrett Haddon, May 18, 1670. Wit: Thomas Rowell and Louis Decamp. Ack. March 10, 1673-4, before Robert Pike, commissioner.

"John colby of Eamesbury, planter, for £10, 10 s., conveyed to Jn Hoyt, jr., of Eamesbery, carpenter, my 8-acre higgledee pigledee lot in ye Lyons mouth, in Eamsbery, bounded by widow rowell, grantee, a highway and great swamp, March 25, 1671-2. Wit: Jermiah Hubbard and tho: Barnard. Ack. March 25, 1672, before Sam Dalton, commissioner."

Vol XII, 1908, pg. 178-179

John Colby's name heads a list of seventeen signatures on a petition presented to the Court at Hampton, in October, 1671, by "divers of the Inhabitants and souldiers of the towne and military company of Amsbery" that they may continue "under the conduct of our loving friend and neighbour John Hoyt, senr. our chosen and establisher sergeant and chief military officer here."

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Will and Estate of John Colby of Amesbury "Know all men by these presents That I John Coleby off ye Towne off Amsbury in ye County off Norfolke NE being weake & infirme off body yett through Gods goodness off perfedt memory & undstanding Doe make this my last will & testamt as followeth: 1: Inprimis I commend my Sould into ye hands off X my Redeemr & my body to ye grave. decently to be buried att ye chardge off my Executrix whome I shall here after name & appoynt: In hopes off a joyfull resurrection. 2: I dispose off my worldly Goods as is hereaftr expressed: scil: My will is yt all my Just & due debts be duly payd & discharged by my Exccutrix: unto wch prupose, & not otherwise but only for ye payment off any Just & due debt off mine, & yt only only in such case off absolute necessity as yt ye debt cannot be otherwise dischardged & satisfied I doe Invest my Executrix with full powe to sell any part off ye land or estate in this present Instrument hereaftr by mee bequeathed unto my two sons or eldest daughtr. Alwayes provided yt itt be not done without ye advice off those whome I shall appoynt ovrseers off this my last will & testament: Whose advice also be her is to be had in ye disposall off any othr land or stock by way off sale & alienation in any case whatsoevr 3: Alsoe my will is yt in ye first mentioned case ye Damage done thereby unto any off my sayd children shall be born & sustained by every off them three proportionably to ye value off the severall legacies or protions by mee bequcathed vnto ym in this my last will & testament viz: yt child out off whose land or estate any such sale shall be made shall have his or her damage according to the formentioned ordr & proportion made vp out off ye land portion or estate off ye other twoe by such sale not damnified or less damnified: ye child damnified alsoe bearing his or her own poticulr proportion off ye loss or damage by such sale 4: Also I give & bequeath unto ffraunces Coleby my wife my now dwilling house & ye land orchard outhousen with all fences priviledges and appertiances & town rights thereunto belonging. As also one thired part off all the lands yt I now stand seized & possessed off during her life. 5 Also I give & bequeath unto John Coleby my eldest son to him & to the heirs off his body lawfully begotten for evr one halfe of a lott off meadow in ye towne off Salisbury commonly calle Groomes lott, seituate in a place commonly called the higglety pigleys laying betwixt the lotts off John Dikerson & William Boswell when he shall come to ye age off twenty one years. Att weh time iff my son john shall & will make oyr his right, title & interest unto his lott in ye childrens land commonly soe called in ye town off Amsbury: unto my Executrix then I doe moreovr give & bequeath unto him & his heirs as before sayd all yt land wch I purchased of the Town of Amsbury which iff my gd son shall refuse to doe my will is yt ye sd land purchased off ye Town shall be equally divided amongst all my children to |'be|| inherited by them & ye lawfull begotten heirs off their bodyes for evr. 6: My Will furthr is That my son John shall remaine with & helpe my wife his mother untill yt he come unto ye age off twenty one years 7 I give & bequeath unto Thomas Coleby my youngest sonn all my land in & adjoyning unto ye greatt plaine being two lott ye one purchased off Edwrd Gove more perticulary specified in the deed I had off him ye othr being a lott wch I had off my ffathr Coleby: & ye othr halfe off ye sd Gromes lott, every off which premises he is to be possesed ||of|| for an inheritance unto himselfe & ye heirs off his body lawfully begotten forevr aftr yt he shall come to ye age off twenty one years. 8: My will is yt iff any off my sons depart this life without an heir off their body lawfully begotten yt then the portions bequeathed to them shall be equally divided amongst all ye rest off my children then surviving 9: I give & bequeath unto Sarah Coleby my eldes daughtr my little pasture lying by ye Powow Rivr side, wch I purchased off my Brothr Samll Coleby to be immediately possessed by her for the Inheritance for herselfe & ye lawfull begotten heirs off her body for evr aftr my decease: As alsoe my now dwelling hous, land, orchard, & outhousen, with all priviledges & appertinances Thereunto belonging to herselfe & heirs as before aftr the decease off ffraunces my wife:

"10 My will is yt my wives thirds out of every parcell off land bequeathed unto my tow sonns & eldest daughtr shall be excepted to remanine firme unto her propr use & benefitt during her life 11: I give & bequeath unto my daughtrs Elizabeth & ffrauces Coleby five pounds apiece to be payd unto each off ym att the day off mariage or att ye age off twenty years iff they marry not before my son John Coleby: 12 I give & bequeath unto my daughtrs Mary & Hannah Coleby unto each off them five pounds apiece to be payd unto Them by my son Thomas Coleby when he my sayd son shall come unto ye age off twenty three years. 13 Also my will is that iff any off my daughtrs sheall depart This life without an heir off their bodies lawfully begotten then ye portion or legacie bequeathed by mee shall be equally divided amongst the rest off my daughtrs then surviving. 14: I give also & bequeath all the rest off my whole estate both moveable & immoveable, lands, chattells both personalll & reall unto ffraunces my wife: whome I make, constitute & appoynt sole executrix unto this my last will & testament. 15: ffinally I doe make &appoynt my trusty ffriends; My brothr Samuell Coleby oof haverhll & my Loving friend Thomas Barnerd junr off Amsbury ovrseers off this my last will & testamentt, to see & take care yt in every ptielr itt be duly pformed. And in confirmation off ye forwritten premisees to be the ptieulr contents off my last will & testament I the Sayd John Coleby have hereunto subscribed my hand & seale. Dated this twenty second day off January Anno Domini: one thousand six hundred seventy three (Seventy four) 22:1:1673-4:

"It is alsoe declared before sealing to be ye will off this Testatr John Coleby: yt his part off his ffather Colebyes estate belonging unto him from & by virtue off a Court ordr aftr the decease off his mother Susanna Whithredg shall be equally divided amongst all his daughtrs: as Witness his hand the day & year abovesayd & seale affixed."

John Colby (SEAL) Witness: John (his H mark) Hoyt, senr., Thomas Wells. Proved in Salisbury court Apr. 14 1674 by the witnesses.

Inventory of the estate of John Coleby of Amsbury, deceased 6: 12m: 1673-74, taken 2: 1m: 1673-74, by William Barnes and Thomas Barnerd, Sr. of Amesbury: eight sheep & a lanbe, £4.; twoe oxen at £5. pr. & four cowes at £3. pr., £22.; one two year old heifer, £1, 10s.; one yearling & a calfe, £1; five young swine, £1; ye dwelling house, outhousen, homestead & land by ye Powwow River, £30; a lott of land at Bugmore, £4; fourty acres of land in ye great plaine, £46; a parcell of land purchased of ye towne, £20; thirty five acre lott in ye woods, £20; lott in ye ox pasture, £5; a division of land in ye Lyons mouth, £5; a lot of meadow called Groomes lott, £20; a lot of meadow in ye lower higglety pigley, £20; beadstead, feather bed, bedding & curtaines, £8; trundle bedstead, flockbed & bedding thereto belonging, £3; twenty pound of wool, £1; his wearing cloathes, £1, 10s.; halfe a barrell of meat, £1, 10s.; and old chest, box & linnen therein & a bible, £2; his Armes, £2, 10s.; cart, sled, plow, yoke & tackling belonging, £3; flax, & a tenent saw, 16s.; axes, hows, sickles & a shave, 12s.; pott, pot hockes, tramell, kettle & two skillets, £2; frying pan & warming pan, 8s.; pewter, smothing Iron & a sieve, 12s.; trenchers, trayes, wooden platters, dishes & spoones, 10s; two spinning wheels, three payr of cards, 8s.; old tubs, barrels & payles &c, £1; a bill, £1, 18s.; total £234, 4s. Attested Apr. 14, 1674 by Frances Coleby, the executrix.

Thomas Challis with Mary his wife acknowledged Sept. 3, 1696, the receipt from her brother Thomas Colby of Amesbury of the 5li. bequeathed to the said Mary by the will of her father, John Colby of Amesbury. Thomas Challis, Mary (her M mark) Challis (SEAL) Witness: Thomas Wells, William Challis.

William Osgood of Salisbury with Hannah Coolby his wife, acknowledged Sept. 1 1722, the receipt from her brother Thomas Collby, of the £5 bequeathed to the said Hannah in the will of her father John Coolby, formerly of Amesbury. hannah (her X mark) Osgood, William Osgood. (SEAL) Witness: Joseph Osgood, Apphiah Osgood. Essex County Probate Files, Docket 5,919

Joseph Prichitt and Fraunces his wife acknowledged Dec. 12, 1687, the receipt from John Collby of Amesbury of the £5 bequeathed to the said Fraunces by the will of here father Joh Collby, Sr. of Amesbury. Joseph Pricte (SEAL) Witness: Thomas Wells, Thomas (his X mark) Hoyt, Jr.

Elisabeth Collby of Amesbury acknowledged May 18, 1689, the receipt from her brother John Colby, eldest son of John Colby, of the £5 bequeathed to her by the will of her father John Collby of Amesbury.

Elizebth (her X mark) Colby (SEAL) Witness: John Hoyt, Sr., Mary Hoyt. Attested Nov. 22, 1723 by the witnesses, John Hoyt and his wife Mary Hoyt before Thomas Noyes and Joseph Woodbridge, Jus. of the Peace. Essex County Probate Files, Docket 5,921.

SOURCES: (1). John Hoyt of Salisbury, by David W. Hoyt, C. Benjamin Richardson, Boston, pub 1857; (2). "The Colby Family in Early America" by Frederick Lewis Weis, Caledonia, The Colonial Press, pub 1970; (3). Colby Clan ancester sheets, submitted by various members; (4). Ancestral File (TM), data as of 2 January 1996, Family History Library, 35 North West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150; (5). Early Essex County Vital Records to 1850, Salisbury, Massachusetts. Listed as Colebey; (6). "The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts" by David W. Hoyt.

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There is conflicting informaiton on John and Francis's children's birthdates, and how many children they have. I've found other family trees with the same names and birth cities, but the year is 2-4 years off. For example, one record shows Hanna born in 1671, and one in 1774. It's likely she was born in 1671, as John died in February of 1674. There are also children listed after Hannah, Mary & unknow. Will reasearch a little further to find out which informaiton is correct. -------------------- See Hoyt, Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, p. 104

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John Anthony Colby, Sr.'s Timeline

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September 8, 1633
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
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Boston, Suffolk, MA
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